|The tarp is there for easy cleanup, but we're going to use wood chips as our bedding. It's not the pine shavings that folks normally use, but we have the wood chips on hand, and we wouldn't be the first to use chips instead of shavings as bedding. If all the chicks get sick for some reason, we'll replace the chips with shavings and see if the birds get better.|
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EDIT: The chicks couldn't grip the cardboard very well, so we replaced it with paper towels. We also ended up suspending the lamp by a rope from the ceiling so we could get it closer to the chicks. Now when we open up the cover, the lamp rope slides through the hardware cloth. Good job, Katie! (and thanks, Mom!)